Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th May 2007 18:54 UTC
Gnome In the GNOME bugzilla, there is an ongoing discussion about whether or not to include a patch into the default GNOME installation which would enable GNOME to (optionally) have a global application menubar, similar to that of the Mac OS and KDE (in the latter it is optional and off by default). Installation instructions and .deb packages, as well as a 60-page (and counting) discussion of the patch, are available on the UbuntuForums. Read on for a poll on this issue.
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Fitt's Law
by jdub on Thu 17th May 2007 22:31 UTC
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Everyone invoking Fitt's Law to argue for this feature have apparently not been paying attention to the rapidly increasing DPI and size of computer displays. The top menu makes less sense now than it did in 1980 (and before that), and will make vastly less sense as we move ahead.

Also, this is not an issue related to "options in GNOME" and "developer fascism" or anything like that. It makes no sense to trivialise major interaction issues like this by pushing for "choice" over self-consistency and DESIGN. Those who do, compromise their ability to deliver appropriate user experiences to real users.

Software Freedom is NOT JUST FOR GEEKS.

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